George Washington University Law School

George Washington University Law School

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The George Washington University Law School gets more applications than any other law school, except for Georgetown University. The school's location in the heart of Washington, D.C. is a big reason for that. George Washington is across the street from the World Bank, two blocks from the State Department, and three blocks from the White House. But its appeal is greater than location. 

The school excels in several practice areas, including environmental law, intellectual property, trial advocacy, international law, taxation and business law. It has ample offerings, thanks to a large enrollment and 88 full-time faculty members, including Rhodes Scholars and six former Supreme Court clerks.

The school focuses on real practice while in law school and makes a commitment to mentoring and networking. It offers opportunities for mentoring by accomplished alumni, along with access to hundreds of internships and externships at the center of our nation’s power. It has a professional development training program that emphasizes issues like understanding law firm economics, how to work in teams, leadership skills, and client development skills.

That has helped it place graduates in jobs. The school's employment rate has been around 85 percent, similar to its crosstown rival, Georgetown. It betters the other D.C. schools when it comes to bar pass rate. For the Class of 2015, it recorded a 96.1 percent pass rate within the first four tries. It has ranked second in D.C. and sixth in the nation for the number of alumni who are partners at the nation's largest law firms.

It has had the 11th best moot court program in the past decade, consistently competing for the top spot. For five of the past 10 years, U.S. Supreme Court justices have presided over the finals of the school's moot court competition. Moreover, Justice Clarence Thomas co-teaches a weekly constitutional law seminar at GW Law.

Equally important, GW Law enjoys a sense of community and a strong culture of service. The Class of 2018 volunteered more than 95,000 pro bono hours to legal assistance projects, gaining valuable professional experience in the process.

"The term 'community' aptly applies to the George Washington University Law School," said Dean Blake Morant. "Rarely does a law school combine a dynamic academic environment with a sense of collegiality that places students first."




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75th Percentile1663.81
25th Percentile1583.35
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$41,580$41,580
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants66.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 85.70%
NJ Employment80.98
Bar Passage88.00%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy